Made in America concertgoers told to evacuate for 'severe weather'
A severe thunderstorm forced thousands of concertgoers at Philadelphia's second day of the Budweiser Made in America Music Festival to evacuate the Ben Franklin Parkway for a short time Sunday evening.
The thunderstorm swept across Center City at about 6:30 p.m. and that's when event organizers asked those in attendance to head for the exits.
Less than an hour later, at about 7:20 p.m., ticket holders were allowed to re-enter, according to the festival's official twitter account.
PHILLY: Thank you for your patience. Doors to the festival have been re-opened! Please return calmly to the nearest entrance.— Budweiser MIA Fest (@MIAFestival) August 31, 2014
On the festival's website, an alert read: "Severe weather in Philadelphia. All persons should move quickly and calmly to the nearest exit and proceed to your vehicles and protected areas outside of the festival site."
"Please seek shelter for your safety. Please retain your tickets for re-entry to the show. We will open gates back up once all is clear."
At 6:27 p.m., the festival's official twitter account tweeted:
PHILLY, due to approaching severe weather, everyone should move quickly & calmly to exit & proceed to protected areas outside of the site.— Budweiser MIA Fest (@MIAFestival) August 31, 2014